Fringe Hit Tiny Ninja Theater Returns to NYC with Romeo and Juliet, Feb. 23-May 17

News   Fringe Hit Tiny Ninja Theater Returns to NYC with Romeo and Juliet, Feb. 23-May 17 Tiny Ninja Theater returns to New York City with its latest production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The miniature stage presentation will play at midtown's Chashama, Feb. 23-March 10, before moving downtown to The Bowery Poetry Club, March 20-May 18 where it will run in repertory with the original TNT stage production Tiny Ninja Theater Presents Macbeth, March 22-May 17.
R + J stars Chris Head and Melanie Hipchikz.
R + J stars Chris Head and Melanie Hipchikz. (Photo by Xina Nicosia)

In Tiny Ninja Theater Presents Romeo and Juliet, TNT favorites Mr. and Mrs. Smile (Macbeth and Lady Macbeth) return to the stage as the Friar and the Nurse, respectively. Newcomers Chris Head and Melanie Hipchikz, recruited from your local grocery toy-in-a-bubble vending machine, play Romeo and Juliet on the all-white stage — which happens to be an ironing board (where modular sets are shifted upon) flanked by a first aid kit on a stand and a TV tray. Other figures cast in the production include Trevor Bigfoot as Mercutio — whose death scene has to be seen to be believed — and Brice Leigh as Tybalt. TNT's Romeo and Juliet premiered on May 25, 2002 at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina and recently played a stint at the Edinburgh Fringe. Tiny Ninja Theatre, founded in 1999 by director Dov Weinstein, had a huge hit at the 2000 New York Fringe Festival with their staging of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Since then, the company has attempted a history of the D.U.M.B.O. area of Brooklyn and Shakespeare's Sonnets.

For tickets to either TNT production and plenty of Tiny Ninja merchandise, visit Tiny Ninja Theater on the web at www.tinyninjatheater.com.